Skip to comments.President Yudhoyono calls on Indonesians not to be superstitious about earthquakes
Posted on 04/12/2005 2:11:34 PM PDT by Simmy2.5
JAKARTA (AP): President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Tuesday called on Indonesians not to be superstitious about the series of earthquakes hitting the country, saying such disasters could be explained scientifically.
Speaking to participants of a national meeting of the Family Welfare Movement at the State Palace, Yudhoyono said he had received many text messages on his phone requesting him to slaughter at least 1,000 goats as an offering to prevent more natural disasters.
"If I met this extraordinary and unique request, then I would have no time to visit disaster-hit areas across the country or control emergency requests," Yudhoyono said. "We should bring ourselves closer to God and pray not to be given more difficult tests."
He said all the quakes and other natural disasters could be explained scientifically based on the movements of the earth's crust.
"Therefore, don't be superstitious about them," said the retired army general, adding that people should pray to God for deliverance from natural disasters.
Indonesia has seen a series of devastating earthquakes since Dec.26 when a magnitude-9 undersea temblor and tsunami killed at least 126,000 people in Aceh province and abort 48,000 in 10 other countries around the Indian Ocean. (*)
Which are caused by the American infidels dropping thousands of bombs in Iraq and not adopting the Kyoto Protocol.
I don't think Indonesians (especially the Javanese) see this in terms of what leftists do, but in terms of their traditional beliefs. A series of Earthquake is seen as a sign from God that something is wrong with the society. To correct the situation, sacrifice needs to be made. Hence, the reference about goat offerings.
On a more somber note, my thoughts and prayers for Indonesia.
They shouldn't be superstitious about earthquakes, but they better find a virgin sacrifice quickly or the volcano over there is gonna blow BIGTIME!
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